2019 Fall Chair Sessions

2019 Fall Chairs Courses
(In conjunction with ANA)

October 13-15, 2019
Marriott St. Louis Grand
St. Louis, MO
Meeting Room: Landmark1

 Sunday, October 13 – 7:30 am – 9:00 am
SESSION I: Difficult Conversations

As Neurology Chairs, we frequently need to tell a faculty member, trainee, or staff member that their work is inadequate, that they have done something wrong, or that their services are no longer needed.  We are called on to investigate real or imagined infractions, or mediate between conflicting personnel.  These interactions are collectively known as “Difficult Conversations.” Despite years of medical and research training, we get no training in how to do manage these interactions effectively.  This session will provide guidance from Dr. Henry Kaminski, a senior Neurology chair who will share what he has learned about how to approach a difficult or contentious topic, how to mediate between warring parties, when to take sides, how to fire an employee, and other challenging topics. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss strategies for conveying unpleasant information without injuring the person or the relationship.

2. List several approaches to diffuse contentious situations, and describe why it is important to listen to all sides of an argument before making a judgment.
3. Discuss why honesty and integrity are the most important things you bring to a difficult conversation.

Henry Kaminski, MD, George Washington University (presentation)

L. John Greenfield, MD, PhD, UConn Health

Recommended Reading:
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone et. al.
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson et al.

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber et. al.

Monday, October 14 – 7:00 am – 8:30 am
SESSION II: Immigration Law for Neurology Chairs

Our Neurology workforce depends heavily on the recruitment and retention of physicians from outside the continental US, who train in our residency programs and join our faculties under the auspices of a variety of visa programs.  Understanding how these programs work is vitally important to Chairs who need to navigate the legal, social and financial issues raised by immigration.  Dr. Erica Schuyler, residency program Director at the UConn/Hartford Healthcare program and President-elect of the Consortium of Program Directors, will provide an overview of how the various visa programs, Conrad waivers, and other immigration mechanisms can be used to facilitate recruitment and retention of residents and faculty from abroad.  She will also discuss some of the problems that trainees and new faculty face when integrating into medical and social systems that are often significantly different than the ones in which they were born and raised.

 Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the features of J1, H1B, O1, Conrad waiver, and permanent resident (“Green card”) visas.

2.Discuss some of the problems faced by foreign physicians as they integrate into the US medical system and society.

Erica Schuyler, MD, UConn Health (presentation not available due to copyright)

L. John Greenfield, MD, PhD, UConn Health

Tuesday, October 15 – 7:00 am – 8:30 am
SESSION III: Philanthropy – Lessons Learned

Our Neurology Departments are increasingly dependent on alternative sources of revenue to support research, education and other “unfunded missions.”   For many, philanthropy plays an increasingly important role in providing such support.  This session will tap the collective wisdom of department chairs who have been successful in obtaining support for their programs through private or public donations.  This session will take a "data blitz" approach to address a variety of questions. How do you identify patients who might have the resources to give to your department?  How have you approached donors, and what strategies do you find successful? Do you have “war stories” of what has or has not worked? How do you use philanthropic contributions to subsidize your clinical, education or research programs? Do you find that your foundation officers are helpful or do they poach prospective donors for other projects? 

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe successful approaches to identifying and obtaining philanthropic contributions.

2. Discuss how to utilize philanthropic donations to protect faculty effort, fund research or education, or other goals.
3. Describe ways that recruiting donations can improve a department’s involvement in the community.

S. Thomas Carmichael, M.D., Ph.D., UCLA (no presentation)
David M. Holtzman, MD, Washington University School of Medicine (no presentation)
David G Standaert, MD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham (presentation)

L. John Greenfield, MD, PhD, UConn Health

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